Writing on any level is a challenge. One might think children’s literature is the easiest writing. It’s only a 200-500 words, 28-32 pages, 1-story arc, and 1-3 characters. That is a lot of basic numbers. Numbers I understand. I found my degree in accounting more achievable than writing a good book. But, writing is far more rewarding than accounting. I love my children’s faces when we see our vision come to life.
How do I translate those parts into a whole? How do I take bed time stories and scrap paper sketching and turn them into a literature for the masses?
I start with the idea. That is the easy part. Then I consider the below:
- How do I translate that into a story that includes suspense, laughter, and satisfaction?
- How do I develop a character people can relate to?
- How do I do that in 500 words or less? How do I find just the right word that a kid could comprehend? Then, can I make it rhyme? Can I conquer grammar?
- How do I draw just the right image to match what I see in my mind?
I don’t know. This isn’t a lesson, just a confession that it is hard. I wish I had a formula. My methodical brain is looking for one.
I just write, edit, and re-write. Then I throw it away and restart. Mostly, I ask myself, “Why am I doing this again?”
Then I look at my girls. I love how it inspires my 5-year old daughter to write and draw. I love to watch her and her little sister's love of reading grow.
According to my older daughter, “An author’s work is never done.” Of course she’s right. But, at some point we take a leap of faith. I have two books published. They are yet to be determined as successful. But, I will keep going; because, it makes a difference in the world that matters to me the most, my daughters'.
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